Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Bobcats @ Hawks - 12/15/08

What's with old Hawks coming back to haunt you? First, Al Harrington, now Boris Diaw...wow, if only Diaw would have played with half of that intensity - he'd still be a Hawk (also, here's another example of Billy Knight's vision, not bad on selecting non-PGs, I'd say). Anyway, let's get the game feedback. Mind you, I did not make this game, but will be in the house for the Celtics and Warrior games this week, so we'll be back with more detailed blogs

Game Feedback - Hawks 83, Bobcats 79

Str8 Butter Award - Joe Johnson, step right up. In what we hope is a precursor to a big game on Wednesday. A 28pt, 8 ast, 5 reb. night is always worthy of the Str8 Butter Award esp. with no turnovers in 45 minutes of action. Wish I could see Joe take over down the stretch, but there was no TV for the game, so we'll have to take the 'excitement' of the ESPN highlights and radio cast.

Starter Kudos/Smackdown -

* Williams - Get it out of your system. We'll need some aggressive play at the rim and 3pt shots. Expect the 3pters, be happy and surprised if anything occurs at the rim.
* Smith - Still shooting 3s (ugh!), but as we have said - if Josh can show up everywhere else outside of that mental block - we'll take it gladly. 5 blocks, 7 boards, 15 pts on 6-11 shooting. If only he could see that the 3pt shooting is killing his shine.
* Horford - Yes, 12 shots for Al and a double double ensues...can we keep the trend going? PLEASE!!!
* Johnson - Only concern is feeling like we need 45 minutes of Joe to beat the Bobcats, but another story for another time
* Bibby - Like Marvin, let's make sure we get these 3pt no-connect binges out of our system now. The Green Monster is coming to town...

Bench Kudos/Smackdown

* Murray - Continuing his trend of - if I'm not scoring, I'm worthless routine. Gotta figure out how to get him out of his slump (I cringe at saying shoot your way out of it - for fear that he'd take MORE shots than he already does, but it's been about 4 games of nothing from you, Flip).
* Pachulia - Maybe the shoulder was acting up b/c the play Zaza has given should result in more than 7 minutes
* Evans - An offensive clunker, but the rebounding was on point. Flip, this is what you do when your shot is not falling. Rebound and defend. Repeat.
* Law - I'm thinking that the only thing that will resolve this situation is one that I clearly am not wishing on my team - a Bibby injury. And if that happens, I'm convinced that Mike would actually ask Sund to go get a veteran guard or would ask Craig Claxton to come back to play on the gippy legs. That's my rant...
* Jones - Against scrubs, you still don't trust these guys, huh.
* West - DNP
* Morris - DNP
* Gardner - Inactive
* Hunter - Inactive

Coaching Kudos/Smackdown

Didn't see it, so no attacks, but I still have a problem with not looking for ways to make Acie and Solo a part of a regular rotation. One where these guys actually play with the starters - not Flip and co. and build their game while we win. Is that too much to ask?

Str8 Talk Love

None today.

Season Prediction
If we finish out this week 3-0, look for the revised prediction. Let's get after the Celtic express....one streak down, another to go.

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